1972: The KSU Permanent Collection began with a gift from Fred D. Bentley, Sr. and J. Alan
Sellars of prints by artists Thomas Hart Benton, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Kenneth
Hayes Miller, and Jerome Myers. Since this first contribution, Mr. Bentley has made
annual donations of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century American art to Kennesaw State
University, including works by John Kensett, Gilbert Stuart, and Rembrandt Peale.
1997: Richard and Judy Marks donated a major artwork by American sculptor Viola Frey entitled
Leaning Man III. In subsequent years, the Marks have provided KSU with additional significant 20th-century
paintings and sculptures.
1999: Bernard A. Zuckerman donated nearly 125 sculptures, photographs, and paintings by
his late wife and noted artist, Ruth Zuckerman. This body of work mostly consists
of stone and bronze figural pieces exploring universal themes of love and family.
Highlights from the collection are featured in the Ruth V. Zuckerman Pavilion of the
Zuckerman Museum of Art as a part of the rotating exhibitions featured throughout
2006: KSU Professor Emiratis Dr. Apostolos D. Ziros, along with his wife Kiki, gifted a
discrete collection of Mangbetu and Azande sculptures collected from the Democratic
Republic of Congo in the early 20th century. His grandfather, Dimitri Ziros, compiled
this collection from hunting trips to central Africa. This collection was later highlighted
in fall 2016 in Transitions, an exhibition that was supported, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment
for the Arts.
2007: Don Russell Clayton donated his extensive collection of work by the Italian-born Georgia
artist Athos Menaboni. With support from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, Kennesaw
State University serves as an educational center for the artist. Now one of the largest
repositories of Menaboni's works in the country, the collection has continued to grow
through donations from Mr. Clayton and other collectors.
2012: With the assistance of KSU Professor Valerie Dibble, the Southern Graphics Council International (SGCI) selected the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art to house its permanent collection.
One of the largest and most significant printmaking organizations in America, SGCI
was co-founded in 1972 by Boyd Saunders, Bernie Solomon, and John O’Neil with the intent on joining artists together to advocate, celebrate, and collect contemporary printmaking in America. Through the help of Dr. Thomas Dewey and the University of Mississippi Museum of Art, the SGCI collection grew and flourished. This gift will continue to expand as additions are made to the KSU Collection from the SGCI Annual Conference.